The Steps of Salvation - Part 3
‘First love’ is a term that Jesus coined in His letter to the leaders of the church in Ephesus. He said to them, ‘I have this against you, that you have left your first love.’ Rev 2:4. Although Jesus was initially addressing the leaders of the Ephesian church, the call to live in first love applies to everyone in Christ’s church. What is first love? When Jesus admonished the Ephesian leaders for leaving their first love, He was not saying that they had simply lost the feeling of love that they experienced when they first believed. We know this because He called them to ‘remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works’. Rev 2:5. We observe that first love is a place or context that involves relationship with others. Within this context there are specific works to do. These are the works that God prepared for the sons of God to do in this age, and in the age to come.